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phrasal verb [transitive] informal
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present tense
I/you/we/theyknock back
he/she/itknocks back
present participleknocking back
past tenseknocked back
past participleknocked back
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  1. 1
    to drink alcohol quickly or in large amounts
    He knocked back two double vodkas.
  2. 2
    knock someone back British to cause problems or delays for someone
    One or two problems have knocked us back a couple of weeks.
  3. 3
    British to refuse to accept someone or something
    He’s been knocked back by every girl in the school.
  4. 4
    knock someone back something British if something knocks you back a particular amount of money, you have to pay that amount of money for it
    How much did the repairs knock you back?
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